Married Women and the Law of Property in Victorian Ontario

By Lori Chambers

© 1997

Until this century, married women had no legal right to hold, use, or dispose of property. Since the ownership of property is a critical measure of social status, the married women's property acts of the nineteenth century were important landmarks in the legal emancipation of women. Reform campaigns represented the first organized attempts by women in Upper Canada to challenge their status in society. Ironically, emancipation was not the first goal of reformers: their demands reflected a concern with protection from economic instability. The laws granting women new rights and privileges were designed to force men to behave more responsibly and to mitigate the worst hardships imposed upon wives by abusive or negligent husbands.

The most detailed and complete account of married women's property law reform yet written for any North American jurisdiction, this fascinating study will be of interest to those in the areas of law, women's studies, and nineteenth-century social history.

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  • Series: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 10.9in
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A meticulously researched and revisionist study of the nineteenth-century Ontario’s Married Women's Property Acts. They were important landmarks in the legal emancipation of women.

Married Women and the Law of Property in Victorian Ontario

By Lori Chambers

© 1997

Until this century, married women had no legal right to hold, use, or dispose of property. Since the ownership of property is a critical measure of social status, the married women's property acts of the nineteenth century were important landmarks in the legal emancipation of women. Reform campaigns represented the first organized attempts by women in Upper Canada to challenge their status in society. Ironically, emancipation was not the first goal of reformers: their demands reflected a concern with protection from economic instability. The laws granting women new rights and privileges were designed to force men to behave more responsibly and to mitigate the worst hardships imposed upon wives by abusive or negligent husbands.

The most detailed and complete account of married women's property law reform yet written for any North American jurisdiction, this fascinating study will be of interest to those in the areas of law, women's studies, and nineteenth-century social history.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 10.9in
  • Author Information

    Lori Chambers is a professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Lakehead University.

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